NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Reggie Bush
Not only can Reggie Bush score from leaping at the six-yard line, he can lead a 4th-quarter comeback to keep the Saints perfect.
1. Indianapolis Colts (6-0) They’ve played Seattle, and delayed Tennessee and St. Louis from their first wins in the past three weeks.  The schedule gets tough in the next three weeks, however, as they face San Francisco, division-foe Houston, and then the point-plentiful Patriots. I guess we’ll see just how good they are.
2. New Orleans Saints (6-0) They almost left Denver and Indy as the last two unbeatens, but rallied late to beat the wildcat and Miami. They’ve won with big plays on defense, a solid running game, and the gun-slinger known only as Drew “I can dunk a football over the goalpost” Brees.
3. Denver Broncos (6-0) They were idle this week, and that means only one thing. Josh McDaniels, the 33-year old overachiever, had two weeks to prepare for the Baltimore Ravens. Watch out Ravens, this is a man who might work harder than Bill Belichick.
4. Minnesota Vikings (6-1) They lost to the Steelers 27-17 on an eerily familiar interception that I may have seen in last year’s Super Bowl. Despite the last second loss on a TD drive gone wrong for Brett Favre, I know this team is among the elite in the NFL. I leave you with this, Adrian Peterson carried 18 times and Favre threw 51 times. You know that in upcoming weeks Peterson will get some more touches, AKA: Bad news for the Packers this week.
5. New England Patriots (5-2) The Pats are idle this upcoming week after trouncing the Titans and Buccaneers, who are both winless. This team is impressive, and we will see a showdown in Week 10 when the Pats travel to take on Peyton Manning and his undefeated Colts.
6. New York Giants (5-2) Ok, the G-Men are losers of two straight, however, I still think they’re a potential top 5 team and a definite top 10 team. Brandon Jacobs has yet to unleash his beastly physique on teams, and Eli has been slumping as of late, but they now have a legit set of young receivers. Regardless, they’ll regroup, and pull out a tough win in Philadelphia on Sunday.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) They beat my number 4 team in the power rankings, but find themselves 3 spots behind the team they defeated by 10 last week. This team’s slow start to the season still concerns me, despite the fact that they’ve won four straight. They’re at number 7 until they show me consistent play against the Broncos and Bengals in weeks 9 and 10, respectively.
8. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) After I foolishly doubted them after a loss to Houston, they regained all my support after trouncing Chicago, 45-10. Cedric Benson is a man-beast and basically told Chicago, “How you like me now?” Carson Palmer is the new 2007 Tom Brady and Chad Ochocinco is so good right now that he’s even schooling professionals like Skip Bayless in their own game.
9. Baltimore Ravens (3-3) They were idle this past week, and were given an extra week to prepare for the Denver Broncos. Assuming of course, they knew how to prepare for the Broncos, which no team has yet perfected.
10. Dallas Cowboys (4-2) Miles Austin. Enough said.
11. Arizona Cardinals (4-2) They proved that last year’s Super Bowl was no fluke. Chris “Beanie” Wells looks like a solid force on the ground, and Kurt Warner has Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston to throw to. They play the Carolina Panthers this week, in other words, the Cardinals will be 5-2 heading into week 9.
12. Green Bay Packers (4-2) Donald Driver could be a popular act at a circus with the big catches he makes week-in and week-out. Not to mention, this team has Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, and a guy named Ryan Grant you may have heard of. Well, the Browns know him…and his 150 yards rushing.
13. San Diego Chargers (3-3) The team with a lightning-bolt on its helmet beat up on Kansas City last week, and it looks like this week’s game will be just as easy. In other words, they play Al Davis’ Oakland Raiders.
14. Houston Texans (4-3) Quarterback Matt Schaub may not be able to beat Bills Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (alumni of Harvard U.) on an IQ test, but he’ll get it done on the field. The Texans will move to 5-3 for the first time in their short history following a trip to Orchard Park.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) They won ugly against the fumble-happy Redskins, and I still have very little confidence in them. I’m still fixated on the loss to the Raiders. I mean, really Philadelphia? The NFL draft can even defeat the Raiders.

The Best of the Rest (16-32)

16. Miami Dolphins (2-4)

17. Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

18. Chicago Bears (3-3)

19. San Francisco 49ers (3-3)

20. New York Jets (4-3)

21. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3)

22. Buffalo Bills (3-4)

23. Carolina Panthers (2-4)

24. Washington Redskins (2-5)

25. Seattle Seahawks (2-4)

26. Detroit Lions (1-5)

27. Oakland Raiders (2-5)

28. Kansas City Chiefs (1-6)

29. Tennessee Titans (0-6)

30. Cleveland Browns (1-6)

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-7)

32. St. Louis Rams (0-7)

-Jon Harris


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